Topes Lose Slugfest 10-9
Albuquerque (9-8, 2nd) and New Orleans had their bats out on Easter Sunday. Over the 19 half-innings played, the teams scored in 13 of them and the Isotopes late rally came up short in a 10-9 loss.
New Orleans crafted 3-1, 6-3, 8-5 and 10-7 leads with Albuquerque fighting back each time but never quite catching up.
Francisco Felix allowed four runs in the first four innings, Travis Schlichting (0-1) gave up three more in the fifth to take the loss and Jo Huber was tagged for four runs in his two innings.
Out-hit 18-14, the Isotopes were led by first baseman, Cory Smith who had three hits and three RBI. Third baseman Russ Mitchell, outfielder Trayvon Robinson and Damaso Espino had a pair of hits each. Smith (#1), Robinson (#4) and Justin Sellers (#3) smacked home runs. Dee Gordon stole his 8th base.
Carolina Tops Lookouts 4-3
Josh Lindblom (0-1) gave up a home run in the lat of the ninth with two out to break a 3-3 tie. Rubby De La Rosa started and worked into the sixth, allowing three runs but he was victimized by a pair of unearned runs as Chattanooga (10-7, 3rd) lost 4-3.
Scott Van Slyke, whose errant throw helped Carolina score a pair of unearned runs, provided all the Lookouts runs, unloading his third home run of the year with Anthony Jackson, who had singled, and Brian Cavazos-Galvez, who had walked, on base. The shot erased the Carolina three-run margin but Chattanooga could not score again.
Quakes Pound Modesto 15-4)
Rancho Cucamonga (10-7, 1st) banged out 21 hits, led by four from catcher Gorman Erickson, and smothered Modesto 15-4.
Every player on the starting lineup collected at least one hit. Jake Lemmerman had three and knocked in two runs; Tony Delmonico also had three with two Ribbies and Angel Songco's three hits accounted for three runs batted in. Nick Buss, Ramon Jean and Rafael Ynoa had a pair of hits each.
Rancho rang up a 14-0 lead going into the bottom of the sixth and continued to cruse the rest of the way.
Alan Webster (2-2) took advantage of the run support to win his second game against a pair of losses, allowing five hits and a single run over seven innings. Andres Santiago and Javier Solano mopped up,
Bosnick's Walkoff Boost Loons
Third baseman Jesse Bosnik rapped a game-winning single in the last of the ninth to give the Loons (10-7, 2nd) their first walk-off victory of the season, 3-2 over Dayton. The win snapped the Dragons six-game win streak and prevented the series sweep.
Trailing 2-1, catcher Michael Pericht doubled to deep center field to allow Roman Pena to score the tying run in the seventh inning. In the ninth, Pena singled and advanced to third on a two-out single by Chris Henderson before Bosnik, who had gone 0-for-3 prior to his at-bat in the ninth.
Then Bosnik's shot to the wall in left field won the game.
Starter Red Patterson allowed Dayton's only two runs on six hits through five innings. Three strong innings of relief by Pete Budkevics kept the loons in the game before closer Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth to pick up his first win.